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AMBA 640 WEEK 2 TEAM ASSIGNMENT Background Information for Acme Mexico City Acme Home Improvements, Inc. was founded in 1982 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. By 2016, the company had 125 stores along the US East Coast from Florida to Maine. Its annual sales are currently ~$5,400,000,000 with $280,000,000 net income. The average store is about 100,000 square feet with an additional 10,000 square feet of outside garden center. The stores typically carry 40,000 different products from 5,000 vendors worldwide. Major US competitors include Ace, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and TruValue. All four competitors operate already in Mexico. In the interests of seeking greater profits and buffering against downturns in the US market, Acme has determined to follow these and other competitors to Canada and Mexico. In the latter, it has established, in accordance with Mexican law, a joint venture with local interests, known as Acme Home Improvements de México, SA de CV (“Acme de México” or “Acme Mexico City”). (SA de CV = Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable, a Mexican corporate form.) There are five major product groups within each Acme store: plumbing and electrical supplies, building materials, hardware and tools, seasonal and garden/yard items, and paint, flooring and wall coverings. Each store has a store manager, assistant store manager, bookkeeper, an information systems manager and an assistant, a manager for each of the five major product groups, customer service employees on the store floor to assist customers with their purchases, cashiers, receiving/stocking employees, and maintenance/janitorial employees. W3TA. Team Assignment: Preparing a Project Charter and Project Management Plan for Acme Mexico City Overview Working in their groups (teams), students will demonstrate competency in project management by preparing an international project management plan for the construction and operation of a substantial retail do-it-yourself store in another country. The country selected is Mexico. The retail store will be Acme Mexico City. The team will prepare a project charter and a project management plan. Optionally and for extra credit, the team will also prepare and present a 20-30-minute business-focused presentation of their plan. At the team’s choice, the presentation may be made either online and live, or by video. The plan should treat each of the 10 project management knowledge areas established in the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5e, and will be in pdf format accompanied by a work breakdown including critical path prepared with a project management software such as MS-Project in its format (.mpp for MS-Project). Critical thinking, managerial decision-making, cultural understanding, information literacy, problem solving, systems thinking, and technology fluency are all required. Assignment Acme de México has purchased a site on which it intends to build and open a new store in Mexico City [Acme Mexico City (AMC)]. The store will have the Acme average 100,000 square feet of indoor space and 10,000 square feet of exterior space for garden products. In addition, a two-story parking garage will be built directly adjacent to the store. It is desired that the project should take no longer than 12 months. The store construction and opening processes include at least eight major activities. Hint: one necessary major activity is omitted; which is it? THINK CRITICALLY 1. Obtain required licenses and permits. 2. Prepare the site and lay the foundation. 3. Build the walls, floor, and roof of the structure. 4. Install electrical and plumbing fixtures. 5. Finish interior and stock inventory. 6. Build the garage. 7. Complete all paving and landscaping. 8. Hire and train employees. AMC will, it is envisioned, be similar in appearance to this Home Depot store located in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico


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